New Town Hall, Hannover
This is the official describe of tourism center:
The New Town Hall was built at the beginning of the 20th century in the bombastic style of the Wilheminian period. The tower with its dome measures no less than 97.73 metres to the point of its gilded finial. Inside, models of the city show four phases in Hannover’s development: 1689, 1939, 1945 (after the bombing) and today.
A technical rarity, the oblique lift, takes visitors up to a viewing platform from where they have a magnificent view over the whole city and surrounding.
The Town Hall is the seat of the Lord Mayor, the leader of the Hanover municipal authority. The political committees meet here, the official guests of the town are greeted, often shown exhibitions inside.
There is a panoramic view inside: New Town Hall
Free entry to wander around the ground floor, see models of Hanover before and after WWII, then pay the 5 Euro and go up the wobbly lift! only lift I've been on that does not travel in a straight line upwards - an unforgettable experience.
The new townhall is the residence of the mayor, the head of the municipal administration. The doors of the Townhall are always wide open to all visitors. And a visit is any time a worthwhile venture. Many visitors are quite astonished to hear that the magnificent building they are standing in front of is, actually, the "new" townhall. Its size and grand architectural style make it look more "historical", like a relict from more majestic times, when Hannover used to be a kingdom. But the townhall itself was opened on 20 June 1913 after twelf years building time. Around 10 million Marks was the amount the municipality was willing to pay for its new splendid building, erected upon 6020 beech-tree piles. It was designed by Eggert and Halmhuber.
There are two buildings in Hannover that I find extremely beautiful - the new town hall and the Leibniz house... I really don't remember how much time I spent staying in front of the new town hall and admiring it.
Built bewteen 1901 and 1913; designed by the architects Hermann Eggert and Gustav Halmhuber.
Go inside. In the lobby there are four models - how Hannover looked like in the Middle Ages, before WWII , in 1945 and today.
Take a lift to go to the town hall's dom. The lift is unique because it is inclined at 15 degrees.
The dom offers you a bird-eye view of Hannover. (costs 2 Euro)
We were there in the evening - I think the town hall is opened twice in the week in the evening hours - I am not sure if it was fridays and sundays, pls check.
(I do not remember why I haven't taken any pictures from there... maybe because I took more than 30 outside...)
This is the New Town hall of Hannover,visitors are quite astonished to hear that the magnificent building they are standing in front of is, actually, the "new" townhall. A very big part of the building and also almost all the whole city were destroyed during the second world war.
The new townhall is the residence of the mayor, the head of the municipal administration. Don't miss a visit inside the building,sometimes there are very interesting expositions and also you can see how the city and also the building was destroyed in the war.
The new townhall was actually built at the turn of the century in the sumptuous Wilhelminian style. Its dome measures 97.37 metres up to its golden plated spire. The town model displays in the lobby illustrate Hannover's development in four phases: until 1698 and 1939, the wartime destruction and the urban development of today. An 85 year old technical rarity, the tilting lift, takes you to the viewing platform at the top of the dome, where you can enjoy a splendid view of the entire city.
The "Neues Rathaus", the new city hall: This old looking building was just built in 1913. In the "Gartensaal", a little restaurant, you can sit and have a wonderful view on the "Maschteiche", two pretty little lakes. Many people come here to just lay in the sun and enjoy the weather (which isn't bad at all, in Hannover!).
I like exploring this building. It was one evening when we went there. The weather was not too good and it was kind of windy, as I recalled. But once inside the building, its really quiet. Visitors milling around talking in hush whispers.
I enjoyed walking around staircases and taking in details on the inside. There was also four scale models of Hannover on permanent display, showing the city as it was in the Middle Ages, before World War II , the destruction of 1945 and the townscape of today. Very intriguing. I have put some pictures of the models in the travelogue below.
We also went up the dome to view the spectacular view of the city. Also, pictures in travelogue for little details.
Our "new" Town Hall was build 1901 and is called "new" because of the old one from the middleages, which still exists.
From outside it looks like a big palace with a green copper dome. Inside it has a spectacular staircase and a hall, where you can see models of Hannover in former days: in the Middleages, before WWII and after.
There is also an elevator, which brings you to the top of the 100m high dome, from where you have a great view all over Hannover.
The New Town Hall has been build on a swamp. Like Venice it is build on about 60.000 trunks rammed into the wet earth.
The new town hall is the residence of the mayor. It was constructed between 1901 - 1913. The doors of the Townhall are always open to all visitors and you can enter the dome of the town hall.
Opening times: daily from 10am to 4pm.
In the town hall there are four models of Hannover. One shows early Hannover around 1600, one is Hannover before the war 1939, one after the war in 1945 and one is Hannover today.
It's always a shocking site to see how Hannover looked after the war - it was basically flattened. Only the town hall, Anzeiger Hochhaus and the gasworks were not completely destroyed in the war.
This is the place I show my guests at first. The town hall has two great possibilities to learn something about Hannover. First you can go up the town hall tower and have a look over the city and the Lake "Maschsee" nearby. I really like the views from there. When you are going down again you will find four tables in the huge hall inside which are showing Hannover in a modell. One model is from 16.. something, one before the second world war and one after...... The last one is a present look on Hannover. Most guests are shocked, when they see, that nearly all buildings in the city center were destroyed in WWII....
For me Hannover has got the most gorgeous town hall in the world. It looks really old but it was only built in the beginning of the 20th century.
Inside there are four models of Hannover in the different centuries and right after the war.
Plus there is a lift to the tower, great view from up there!!
THE NEW TOWN HALL
Many visitors are quite astonished to hear that the magnificent building they are standing in front of is, actually, the 'new' townhall. It's size and grand architectural style make it look more 'historical', like a relict from more majestic times, when Hannover used to be a kingdom. The townhall itself was, however, ceremonially opened on 20 June 1913, after twelve years building time. 'And it is all paid in cash, your Majesty', as the then mayor of Hannover, Heinrich Tramm , proudly announced to the emperor Wilhelm II, present at the opening ceremony. The proud figure of ten million Mark was the amount the municipality was willing to pay for it's new splendid building, erected upon 6026 beech-tree piles. It was designed by the architects Eggert and Halmhuber.
The new townhall is the residence of the mayor, the head of the municipal administration. It is here, that the political bodies hold their sessions, receptions for official guests of the city and art exhibitions are held, the 'Citizen's Office' is also here. The doors of the Townhall are always wide open to all visitors. And the visit can be worthwhile, even though it is being heavily renovated right now. Four scale models of Hannover are on permanent display under the nearly four hundred metre high dome of the townhall lobby, showing the city as it was in the Middle Ages, before World War II , the destruction of 1945 and the townscape of today. These models are always immensely popular amongst the visitors.
But there is more to see. The Hodler Hall, for instance, with it's monumental mural painting 'Unanimity' by the Swiss painter Ferdinand Hodler, depicting Hannover's conversion in the Reformation. Or the Mosaic Hall, where a procession of craftsmen is shown on three mosaic pictures, or the adjacent Ladies Hall with it's noble decor.
The diagonal lift in the townhall's dome is unique in Europe. At a 15-degree angle it covers the 43 metres up to the gallery at the top of the dome. From this vantage point one can enjoy a marvellous view of the whole city, even as far as the Harz Mountains when visibility is good. The entire splendour of the New Townhall can be seen again when the current renovation is completed just in time for EXPO 2000.
Until then, the new Citizen's Hall will be redesigned, a public relations centre and a Café in the south wing will be built, with a wonderful view of the Masch Teich and the Masch Park, the 'Park of the Partner Cities'. Some of it's beauty can already be glimpsed in the townhall's lobby. The boring paint, applied over the years, has been removed, and the walls and the ceiling are now in their original condition. The richness of the materials and the sculptures is quite impressive
Good views over the city and the Rathaus once you've made it to the viewing area on the "wobbly lift"